In the field of robotics, a glaring opportunity gap persists, particularly in under-resourced communities. This divide extends beyond technology; it’s a formidable barrier, denying access to the transformative field of robotics for those in greatest need.
RoboMasters, a 3-year multi-million dollar grant supported by the National Defense Education Program (NDEP), stands as an earnest effort to dismantle these barriers with an unwavering commitment to access, diversity, and inclusivity.
Crafted in close collaboration with the Army Research Laboratory (ARL), the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), and the Energetics Technology Center (ETC MD), RoboMasters transcends its status as a mere program; it is a collective endeavor, confronting the stark reality of this opportunity gap.
This educational journey, accessible to young minds aged 8 to 18 and college undergraduates as mentors, is more than a curriculum in robotics, programming, and engineering. It is a symphony of hope and potential, where hands-on workshops, internships, and STEM activities harmonize seamlessly, creating a melody of empowerment and opportunity. In this orchestration of innovation, partners such as the Discovery Center in Indian Head, Maryland, contribute their unique notes, ensuring that the resonance of opportunity penetrates every neglected corner.
RoboMasters isn’t confined to the domain of machinery; it is a testament to the collective resolve to bridge disparities, harmonize diversity, and transform opportunity into an indomitable force. May the rhythm of robotics reverberate through every underserved community, ensuring that no one is excluded from the dance to the beat of innovation.
Before the break, I had the opportunity to check out one of the afternoon sessions on building a *Controller and Conductivity* at one of the Boys and Girls Club locations in Maryland.
To learn about RoboMasters: https://lnkd.in/gfcXdmKT